I call myself semi-retired but the emphasis is on the semi since I go to the “office” every day–even more often than when I worked full-time for Miner Institute. That’s because the Institute’s office then was 26 miles away while now it’s right in my home and I’m on-line every morning year-round. True, I don’t get out into fields nearly as much as I used to but there’s still some of that, and responding to questions from farmers, Extension folks and agribusiness professionals usually requires a good memory more than “feet on the ground”. People seem to appreciate my attempts to answer their questions–and I always reply to them, but their questions also keep me informed as to what’s bugging them (often literally). I still do a fair number of farm and agribusiness meetings each year, another source of two-way communication; heading for Buffalo in a week to speak to a group of farmers and feed company nutritionists.
Most of my business these days is at the keyboard since I currently write monthly columns for two farm magazines, Hoards Dairyman and Farming, and occasional articles for three others including publications in Australia and New Zealand. Hoard’s Dairyman has Central/South America and Japanese editions so between these and the monthly Miner Institute Farm Report which has a fairly large subscriber list of its own, in one way or the other I “get around”, so to speak.